Prince Harry blasted for not defending family against The Crown’s ‘uncaring’ depiction

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PRINCE HARRY has been blasted for not defending his family against The Crown’s depiction of them as “cold, uncaring, duplicitous and snobbish”.

The Duke of Sussex discussed the Netflix drama in his interview with James Corden for The Late, Late Show last week. Harry, who has recently signed a lucrative deal with the streaming company believed to be worth around £100million, said of The Crown: “It’s fictional. But it’s loosely based on truth. “Of course it’s not strictly accurate but it loosely gives you a rough idea of that lifestyle and the pressure of putting duty and service above family and everything else and what can come from that.”

He added: “I am way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing stories written about my family or my wife.

“[The Crown] is obviously fiction, take it how you will. But this is being reported on as fact because you’re supposedly news. I have a real issue with that.”

The Duke has been criticised for his support of a show which portrayed his father Prince Charles and other members of his family in a distinctly negative light.

It could also be seen as intrusive, showing extensive scenes of his mother Princess Diana’s eating disorder and struggling with her mental health.

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Prince Harry defended the Netflix drama The Crown (Image: The Late, Late Show / Netflix)

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Prince Harry walking with James Corden (Image: The Late, Late Show)

The drama was criticised by Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for not having a disclaimer, reminding viewers that they are watching a fictionalised version of events.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk that The Crown has become an “anti-monarchist tract” and that it portrayed Harry’s own family as “uncaring” and “duplicitous”.

He argued that Harry “could have defended his family”, rather than supporting the Netflix drama which must have been hurtful to them.

He said: “In the interview with James Corden, Harry praised the Netflix series The Crown saying it gave an idea of the pressures felt by those in royal life and the sacrifices this involves.

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Emma Corrin and Josh O’Conner as Princess Diana and Prince Charles in The Crown (Image: Netflix)

“He believed that viewers knew it was a fictionalised version of events and said that, if he had to be portrayed, he would choose Damien Lewis to play him.

“It should be borne in mind that Harry and Meghan have struck a very lucrative deal with Netflix.

“It is also the case that he will not feature in any substantial way as the series is reported to end in the early 2000s, so when he was asked who should portray him, he knew the question was purely academic.”

He added: “There have been four seasons of The Crown, all watched by huge audiences, the younger viewers almost certainly did not know the truth in certain episodes and it twists facts to the extent that there have rightly been calls for a disclaimer, which Netflix has ignored.

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Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies as the Queen and Prince Philip in The Crown (Image: Netflix)

“The least season depicts the royals as cold, uncaring, duplicitous and snobbish.

“Surely, since this was obvious, he could have defended his family instead of endorsing what has, despite marvellous production values, become an anti-monarchist tract!”

After the release of season four, Clarence House had to shut down comments on its social media platforms because there was so much abuse being hurled at Charles and Camilla.

This would imply that not everyone is aware that the events are fictionalised.

What’s more, as Mr Fitzwilliams pointed out, Harry can be fairly safe in the knowledge that his personal dramas will not be featuring in The Crown.

According to royal biographer Angela Levin, Harry even said: “I’m going to make sure I stop it before they get to me.”

In the interview with James Corden, Harry touched on issues such as why he left the Royal Family and how difficult he and Meghan have found being in the spotlight.

However, the real bombshell is to be his and Meghan’s interview w

The couple gave a long interview that is set to fit a whole two-hour special.

The couple gave a long interview that is set to fit a whole two-hour special.

In a clip released yesterday, Harry expressed his fear of “history repeating itself”, in reference to his mother Princess Diana.

Oprah is seen asking the couple whether they were “silent or silenced” and using the phrase “almost unsurvivable”.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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